Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Prosper, north of Dallas Texas
Yes, many drivers who have paid their way in have been uncompetitive. But some have gone on to be World Champions, like Niki Lauda, clearly the exception to the rule.
Maldonado certainly did not have the "crasherist" tendencies while at Williams....FW would have crucified him on the spot. Maldonado has a poor chassis with a lack of development, and he's pushing the envelope right to the edge, and falling over. The fact that Grosjean is managing not to roll the car in a ball (even though his performance is also down from last year) is where the real difference lies between the two. Again, your main competition is your teammate, before anyone else.
The more interesting encounter is with Mercedes. Rosberg was subjected to loud boos from the crowd on the podium, and understandable consternation from the Mercedes brass (who own the cars). They want both cars in the points, preferably 1-2. What is most interesting is that the stewards ruled it as a racing incident and did not assign fault to either driver. The fans, of course, saw it differently.
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[B][I]2005 Lotus Elise, Laser Blue;2003 BMW M5;2005 JCW Mini Cooper Challenge (Race Car; 2007 Champion);2004 Acura (Race Car; 2011-2012 Series Champion);
1974 Lotus Europa TC Special (sold, for marital harmony);1974 BMW Bavaria;1973 BMW 3.0 CS; Wife's Car - 2012 Mini Cooper...